J.T Barrett fires off mini rant about ability to throw deep
We haven’t heard a ton of noteworthy statements from J.T. Barrett during his time at Ohio State.
Well, he had plenty on Wednesday.
Cleveland.com reporter Doug Lesmerises asked Barrett about throwing the deep ball. The sophomore signal-caller apparently had some building frustration that he wanted to air out.
JT Barrett on a rant about his ability to throw deep: "I threw it deep all year. I guess since I'm not 6-5, 250 though, I couldn't throw it"
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J.T. Barrett on an entertaining rant: "I guess since I'm not 6-5 and 250 I didn't have a strong arm or something." pic.twitter.com/JlW7mLYeGu
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“I was just like that’s crazy to me because if you go back and watch film, I threw a lot of deep balls,” Barrett said after practice Wednesday. “Were some underthrown? Absolutely,” Barrett said. “That was earlier in the year. I got better as the year went on, but I was like, ‘Man, do I have a weenie arm?’ In the offseason it was in my head all the time lifting weights, because I feel like I can throw the ball deep. I felt like y’all were talking bad about me.”
Barrett does not have the size that teammate Cardale Jones does, but the 6-2 sophomore has never struggled with arm strength in his career. It certainly didn’t plague him last year when he threw for 2,834 yards and 34 touchdowns, many of which were bombs to Devin Smith.
“I threw deep balls the whole year,” Barrett said. “And they’re like, ‘Oh, Cardale, he’s got a strong arm and can throw it deeper down field.’ What? What are you talking about? I did the same thing.”
It wasn’t clear exactly if a certain publication fueled Barrett’s response. What is clear is that Barrett threw three touchdown passes to lead Ohio State to its best offensive output of the year in a 49-7 win vs. Rutgers last week.
He’ll have to wait another week before he can further show the world that he doesn’t have a “weenie arm.”